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|Andromeda polifolia var. polifolia in flower|
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- Cultivation: For-Gardeners, For-Horticulturists
- Light: Sun
- Soil: Poor, Loam
- pH: 1, 4, 5, 6
- Moisture: Bog
- Form: Shrub
- Habit: Evergreen
- Flower: Medium, Pink
- Fruit/Seed: Small, Seed
- Foliage: Leaves, Needles, Green, Purple
- Uses: Ornamental
Andromeda polifolia, commonly known as Bog-rosemary, is a heath found across northern parts of the Northern Hemisphere. It is the only member of its genus. Bog rosemary is only found in Bogs in cold Peat-accumulating areas.
It is a small Shrub growing to 10-20 cm (rarely to 40 cm) tall with slender stems. The leaves are Evergreen, alternately arranged, lanceolate, 1-5 cm long and 2-8 mm broad, dark green above (purplish in winter) and white beneath with the leaf margins curled under. The Flowers are bell-shaped, white to pink, 5-8 mm long; flowering is in late spring to early summer. The Fruit is a small capsule containing numerous Seeds.
There are two varieties, treated as distinct Species by some Botanists:
- Andromeda polifolia var. polifolia.
- Andromeda polifolia var. glaucophylla.
Andromeda is also the common name for plants in the genus Pieris, which is also a member of Ericaceae.